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Posted on May 20, 2012 1:31:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 20, 2012 1:33:41 PM PDT
Caroline W. says:
If you're into Roman debauchery, try I, Claudius From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius Born 10 B.C. Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 (Vintage International). Romance doesn't even walk through the room, but the book is arguably the best historical fiction ever written, and still stands up about 80 years after it was written. Good long read that will make your hair stand on end.

If you can find the 1970s mini-series on DVD, that's great too. But the book is a masterpiece.

Edited: Unfortunately, it's not on Kindle.

Posted on May 20, 2012 3:02:48 PM PDT
Beverly says:
The miniseries is a masterpiece, too!

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 3:10:37 PM PDT
Caroline W. says:
Agreed!

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 4:31:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 20, 2012 4:33:19 PM PDT
How about The Liberators by Jerri Gibson McCloud. Think you'll find this novel a complete surprise.
Sorry, I'm new to this post and did not know the rules until reading other posts.

Posted on May 20, 2012 4:33:53 PM PDT
@ Ms. McCloud - This is a friendly reminder that promoting your own book, or the book of a family member, is against Amazon's rules and is considered spamming. Please re-post it in the Meet Our Authors forum.

Thank you,
Mary Beth

Posted on May 20, 2012 5:36:20 PM PDT
May 20, 2012
In over sixty years of reading historical fiction, the best single book I have read is Henryk Sienkiewics' WITH FIRE AND SWORD. The movies made in Poland of this book and available from Amazon are also excellent.
Respectfully,
William Harper, Ph.D.+

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 7:55:02 PM PDT
JW says:
Thank you for this recommendation. I was just reading some of the Russian and Polish background in Alan Furst's THE SPIES OF WARSAW and knew I wanted to delve deeper into the history between these two countries. This book sounds as if it will be just the ticket (also - it is $0.00 on Kindle).

Sienkiewic also wrote QUO VADIS which I did not realize until purchasing WITH FIRE AND SWORD.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 8:30:08 PM PDT
Anything by Kathryn Le Veque at www.kathrynleveque.com. Everything she does is epic - free ebooks, too!

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 3:03:57 AM PDT
Mark Kaplin says:
If you want to learn more about Russia 1940 -43 ...try the Bronze Horseman.....a magnificent Epic...or if you want to learn about German 1918 - 1945 try Saving Starfish i

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 10:23:09 AM PDT
Dear JW:
See also H. Sienkiewics' THE DELUGE and PAN MICHAEL, which the epic Polish movie makers have also treated well.
Respectfully,
William Harper, Ph.D.+

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 10:48:23 AM PDT
Aerin says:
I agree with you but I wish they would either keep the title in Polish or in English; the combination sounds terribly weird. Pan, in Polish, is Mr. In English, this title should be Mr. Michael.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 12:15:27 PM PDT
JW says:
Thanks again! It is always an exciting thing to be introduced to a new (to me) writer.

Posted on May 21, 2012 3:41:58 PM PDT
Just finished Saving Starfish & liked it very much. Also read the Bronze Horseman trilogy a few years ago & loved it. Have plans to re-read but at my age, I should stick to the ones I haven't read yet - there are so many good ones!!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 12:13:50 AM PDT
Susan Barlow says:
I, Claudius (Penguin Classics)

I bought this for Kindle. Maybe in Australia only?

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 12:26:56 AM PDT
Aerin says:
Just checked. It's available in the US on Kindle for 9.99

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 12:50:05 AM PDT
Mark Kaplin says:
You're v brave if you are going to re read the Bronze Horse...good luck on that one......
if you liked Saving Starfish try Hotel Le Brambily by the same author....not yet on Kindle but a really good read......................it is a ghost story with a real difference, with WW1 and 2 as a background. I think it even has a character from the first book.............................

Posted on May 22, 2012 11:46:28 AM PDT
gilly8 says:
In no particular order:

Mary Renault----wonderful writing and historically accurate: set in ancient Greece and a trilogy about Alexander the Great

Patrick O'Brian-----wonderful series set during the Napoleonic Wars.....a bit hard to get into at first, but quickly becomes addictive.

James Clavell----"Sho-Gun" set in 16th century Japan, excellent and realistic...and several of his other books. He was a Brit who lived most of his life in the Far East, and was a POW of the Japanese during WWII.

John Maddox Roberts, Lindsey Davis and others: series set in ancient Rome. Historically accurate and well written. Both series have a mystery at the center of each book. Both are true to the times: the era around the time Julius Caesar was attempting to become dictator.

Pauline Gedge: WHY is she not on Kindle? Very good books mostly set in ancient Egypt and very historically accurate. Puts you "there", very believably.

Island of Ghosts: A Novel of Roman Britain by Gillian Bradshaw, set in ancient Roman Britain.....and several others set in ancient Constantinople, Rome, etc. Fascinating reads about times/places we aren't usually exposed to.....

Katherine Koen: several books set in the 17th Century of Britain during the "Restoration". Dark Angels: A Novel is by far the best, imo.

James Michener: "Hawaii" and "the Source" and others.....not sure why an earlier commenter said the "Source" isn't hist. fiction. It really is: follows several generations of a family, very believably and very interestingly.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 1:16:16 PM PDT
Cheryl says:
Have you read any books that are similar to Forever Amber? I have read the Anya Seton books, but have trouble finding anything that compares to F.A.

Posted on May 22, 2012 1:23:17 PM PDT
Cheryl says:
Has anyone read anything that compares with Forever Amber? I have searched for several years for another book like it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 1:49:56 PM PDT
M. Hardy says:
I loved Forever Amber.... Another of my favorites is Alexandre Dumas....The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte De Bragelonne (this book is in three parts) the second is Louise de La Valliere and then The Man in the Iron Mask... It sounds daunting to read all five but they go so fast and are so much fun and interesting since they we written in the 1840's... I read the Three Musketeers in high school and revisited it after learning it was the beginning of a series... Loved all five of them........ Michele

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 2:32:39 PM PDT
Misfit says:
I love this series, but make sure you take care what edition you buy. Some folks are sending new copies out with crappy translations. Also make sure you stay with the same publisher as I've heard the last three are broken up differently. I had the Oxford World Classics, but the 1910 Collier editions are generally safe bets and the libraries still have them. His six book series on the French Revolution was pretty good.

@ Cheryl. Can't think of anything similar to FA, but have you tried her Wanderers Eastward Wanderers West? Half set in Montana mining country and half in New York with all those bad stock broker railroad baron kind of guys. It's huge though...

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 3:34:15 PM PDT
JW says:
THE SOURCE also follows the Old Testiment story closely, however different names are given to the characters as if to create "parallel" families.

Posted on May 22, 2012 4:35:32 PM PDT
gilly8 says:
In no particular order:

Mary Renault----wonderful writing and historically accurate: set in ancient Greece and a trilogy about Alexander the Great

Patrick O'Brian-----wonderful series set during the Napoleonic Wars.....a bit hard to get into at first, but quickly becomes addictive.

James Clavell----"Sho-Gun" set in 16th century Japan, excellent and realistic...and several of his other books. He was a Brit who lived most of his life in the Far East, and was a POW of the Japanese during WWII.

John Maddox Roberts, Lindsey Davis and others: series set in ancient Rome. Historically accurate and well written. Both series have a mystery at the center of each book. Both are true to the times: the era around the time Julius Caesar was attempting to become dictator.

Pauline Gedge: WHY is she not on Kindle? Very good books mostly set in ancient Egypt and very historically accurate. Puts you "there", very believably.

Island of Ghosts: A Novel of Roman Britain by Gillian Bradshaw, set in ancient Roman Britain.....and several others set in ancient Constantinople, Rome, etc. Fascinating reads about times/places we aren't usually exposed to.....

Katherine Koen: several books set in the 17th Century of Britain during the "Restoration". Dark Angels: A Novel is by far the best, imo.

James Michener: "Hawaii" and "the Source" and others.....not sure why an earlier commenter said the "Source" isn't hist. fiction. It really is: follows several generations of a family, very believably and very interestingly.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 5:57:03 PM PDT
Yes! I just published Attila as Told to his Scribes. It'd be over 500 pages in hard-cover, and it's a whole exploration of his life from early adolescence to his death. He's a charming megalomaniac and a lover, and the book is steeped in the fifth century Roman imperial world.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2012 3:25:16 AM PDT
Mark Kaplin says:
not sure if this will help but two books about woman surviving in difficult circumstancrs, (sorry not 17th Century) are THE GOLDEN ORCHID a true story about a woman surviving the jap occupation of Thialand by becoming the misteress of the top general...... but written from the point of view of her English boyfriend who is interned.
Also SAVING STARFISH...... a story that involves a jewish girls survival during the holocaust....... when she discovers the boy she left behind becomes an SS officer.....both good reads....
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